- Category: News
- Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:10
February 26, 2014
(Anderson, SC). Devon Shermayne Thomas was found guilty today by an Anderson County jury of 4 counts of Attempted Murder. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Thomas to 10 years in prison on each count to be served concurrently and 3 years suspended to 5 years’ probation on 4 counts of pointing and presenting a firearm to follow incarceration.
On March 25, 2012, a birthday party was being held at the Honea Path Shrine Club for a 16 year old young woman. During the party, several guests began to fight. The fight ended up outside in the parking lot area where shots were fired. One of the four victims was shot in the leg.
“Devon Thomas was violently reckless in his actions and it is clear from the evidence that he intended to shoot and fatally injury the victims,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Firing a weapon in the manner that he did is a serious crime and comes with serious consequences. I hope that today’s verdict and sentence sends a message to others in the community that gun violence is never the answer and if you fire a gun at someone we will vigorously work to ensure you are sent to prison.”
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- Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:02
February 19, 2014
(Anderson, SC.)Twenty-two year old Zedrick Tyler O’Neal Ramsey pled guilty today in Anderson County to multiple charges stemming from an attempted armed robbery in 2012. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced Ramsey to 25 years suspended to 13 years plus 5 years probation for 3 counts of kidnapping, 20 years suspended to 13 years plus 5 years probation for one count of attempted armed robbery and one year for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. All sentences are to be served concurrently. Although Ramsey received credit for 169 days served in the detention center, he will receive no credit for time spent on electronic monitoring.
On September 17, 2012 at approximately 5:40 in the morning, the defendant, Zedrick Ramsey, and co-defendant, Carlos Scott, entered the Waffle House on the Highway 28 Bypass within Anderson County. They had covered their faces and were wearing gloves. Ramsey was brandishing a sawed-off shotgun. They demanded money and told a customer and two employees not to move. When an employee was unable to open the cash register out of nervousness, Ramsey fired the shotgun in the direction of the seated customer. A sign and door took the impact of the shell that was fired and all the victims escaped serious injury. At this time, a third employee pulled up in the parking lot to begin her shift. This startled the defendant and co-defendant who ran out the door and fled in a stolen SUV. The SUV was later recovered and inside was a glove which was tested by SLED and found to have Ramsey’s DNA inside. The co-defendant in this case gave a statement to law enforcement identifying himself and this defendant as the two individuals who had committed this crime, and he had agreed to testify at trial against this defendant. He pled guilty to all charges with a deferred sentence on 07/25/2013. Ramsey also gave a statement and said he was not present when the armed robbery took place, but upon investigation into his alibi by Detective Mark Gregory and Sergeant Rob Gebing, his story was determined to be false. When the defendant was arrested for these crimes, the home in which he was found was searched. A sawed-off shotgun was found which was later tested by a ballistics expert and matched to the fired shell found at the scene of the incident.
Ramsey and Scott were arrested on September 27th. While out on bond, Ramsey violated the conditions of his electronic monitoring and a bench warrant was issued. The defendant was rearrested on January 17, 2014.
“The evidence clearly shows that Zedrick Ramsey was responsible for this crime and that he was the one who fired the shotgun inside the restaurant,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “It is by the grace of God that no one was killed as a result of Ramsey’s violent actions. I want to thank the detectives in this case whose investigation led to the arrest and conviction of Zedrick Ramsey and Carlos Scott.”
- Category: News
- Published on Friday, 07 February 2014 15:51
February 7, 2014
(Anderson, SC). Twenty-one year old Javon Palmer pled guilty on February 6, 2014 to multiple charges relating to two armed robberies in February and March of 2013. The Honorable “Ned” Miller sentenced Palmer to 30 years suspended to 18 years in prison to be followed by 5 years probation.
On February 5, 2013, the defendant along with others entered the Arby’s on Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson. Armed with handguns, the defendant robbed the restaurant taking all the cash in the store. On March 11, 2013, the defendant and others went back to the same restaurant at closing time, once again armed with handguns, to commit an armed robbery. The victims advised that they were then forced to the back of the restaurant. When one of the victims attempted to flee, he was shot in the leg. Further investigation led to the arrest of Javon Palmer and others.
“Javon Palmer’s actions terrorized several innocent victims who were just doing their job,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “It is clear by his committing a second robbery and by shooting one of the victims that Javon would have continued to be a violent threat to our community. These actions called for this lengthy prison sentence which will have Javon behind bars until he is almost 40 years old.”
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- Published on Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:45
February 6, 2014
(ANDERSON, SC) FEBRUARY 6, 2014. Ricky Lynn Clark pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Burglary, 3rd Degree and Petit Larceny. The Honorable Edward Miller sentenced Clark to 10 years suspended to 278 days and restitution which must be paid by noon on February 7, 2014.
Charges arose from an August 20, 2012 incident, when Anderson County resident Robert Drake reported about 2,000 lbs of scrap metal had been taken from a barn on his property. Around this time, Drake had noticed a suspicious black truck in the area, registered to Clark. When deputies located him, Defendant Clark had in his possession several items that Mr. Drake was able to identify as missing from his barn. Defendant then gave a statement admitting to taking these items from the barn, which he said he thought was abandoned. Clark did confirm that he did not have permission to be on the property nor did he have permission to take these items.
In an unrelated matter, according to 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy T. Adams, the State had no choice but to dismiss charges against Clark for two counts of attempted murder and two failure-to-stop-for-blue-light charges where two Anderson County Deputies were named as victims.
Solicitor Adams released the following statement: “The charges that are being dismissed against this defendant arose from a traffic stop initiated by Deputy Eric Nubern on May 2, 2013. After a thorough investigation into Deputy Nubern’s actions during this traffic stop and based on his prior conduct as a law enforcement officer, his credibility as the primary witness in these cases creates a fatal flaw in the sufficiency of the evidence hindering any and all prosecution of Clark on these specific charges. A letter is attached from Sheriff John Skipper stating his agreement with the dismissal of these charges.”